Since its first episode release on January 3, 2018, the new show Grown-ish has already been a hit! This show follows the life of daughter Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) from the popular tv-show Black-ish as she attends the college, U Cal, and meets a few friends along the way. Faced with your traditional college boy problems—self-identity issues, peer pressure and heartbreak, Zoey maneuvers through college life, dropping off a few helpful hints for all her collegiettes. Grown-ish is a perfect way to add a quirky twist to college life, while still maintaining the magic and comedy from Black-ish. If that isn’t enough to convince you to watch, maybe these reasons will be!
1. Chloe and Halle
The music for the show is a blend of relevant songs of the day that makes it easier for us as college students to get into the moment. As a matter of fact, each episode is cleverly named after a popular song or album from Wu-Tang Clan to Drake—a little for everyone to love. Among this music scene are the beautiful duet singing sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey. They play the characters Jazz and Sky as two college trackletes. These two went from singing covers on YouTube to being discovered and signed by Beyoncé herself. They are responsible for the catchy theme song of the show. Watch out because these girls are definitely grown now!
The show has a character for all of us. Zoey’s friends resemble the quirky bunch of friends we have probably met in school. Interestingly enough, the show has a few bisexual characters, one being Emily Arlook’s character, Nomi, who is also Zoey’s close friend. We get to see the issues around sexuality as she goes through college, something many kids in our generation might be struggling to identify in themselves. I’m excited to see how the show might incorporate different sexualities in later episodes. I guess I’ll have to stay tuned!
3. Real College Issues
Grown-ish invites us to keep up with Zoey and friends at U Cal, and guess what? They curse, drink and smoke—something attendees of Florida State University aren’t too familiar with *wink wink*. But jokes aside, this show shows us the real nit and grit of college from college-athlete issues to something we all know too well—being BROKE. College broke-ness should be a disease, really. Luckily, this is the show for all the collegiettes out there; helping us master college in a little under 25 minutes an episode. We thank you!
Everyone was so shocked when ABC Family decided to change their company to Freeform. Not only did this change the name, but it would also change the content for the platform. Grown-ish picked the perfect platform to air—where it can be a little vulgar to truly capture the college experience. This has got to be one of the first real hit sitcoms Freeform has had since their change, and they sure are proud of it!
5. Yara Shahidi
Talented, smart and beautiful, the lovely Yara Shahidi or Zoey Johnson as we know her from Black-ish, is the real reason I can’t stay away! From being an activist for feminism and racial equality to getting accepted into Harvard at 17, Yara is on a roll! She is now headlining her own spin-off series and we honestly could not be happier. I love Yara just as must as I love Zoey and I can’t wait to see what they both have in store for us!
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Interested? I thought you’d be. Keep up with Grown-ish every Wednesday at 8 pm on Freeform!